Most homeowners take pride in their gardens. They treat them as green havens where they can enjoy the smell of fresh flowers and get some fresh air as they unwind on an array of issues.
Also, beautiful gardens enhance the curb appeal of a home, and can significantly increase a property’s resale value.
What you might not know is that gardening in itself comes with a variety of health benefits. They include;
Depending on what you do, how you do it, and how long you engage in it, gardening can be a hard workout. According to multiple studies, gardening for one hours can help you burn over 300 calories. Additionally, if you engage in gardening for about four hours, you will burn as much calories as you would when working out for one hour in a gym.
Further studies recommend that for gardening to help you cut some weight, you need to engage in it for about 45 minutes for five times a week. This means that you can weed some flowers or trim the hedges after, or before you go to work. This could be an alternative to the ever-boring walks you do every day.
Apart from helping you burn calories, gardening as a workout helps in releasing endorphins, a hormone that makes you feel satisfied and relaxed. Additionally, going out and enjoying the sunlight helps in improving your mood.
Therefore, if you have something that is stressing you out, get to your garden and start doing some work. You will thank yourself later.
Improved immune system
When gardening, you get to expose yourself to the sun. In return, you are rewarded with vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. This keeps your bones strong and strengthens your immune system.
Reduced risk of stroke
Research shows that gardening can help minimize the risk of heart attack and stroke. If you are 60 and above, engaging in various landscaping tasks can prolong your life to as much as 30%. Interesting, huh?
Are you feeling angry about something, and you feel you cannot control yourself?
Well, if you day has been ruined by something or somebody, don’t torment yourself by sitting at home planning for revenge. Doing some drastic pruning or heavy digging could be a therapy to your anger. Also, getting rid of unwanted weeds and brambles is a fantastic way to exert your anger.
Osteoporosis is a disease which weakens bones, increasing the likelihood of having them broken even after a slight accident. By gardening, you will be engaging in repetitive tasks which will ensure all major muscle groups are getting sufficient exercises. This, in turn, reduces the risk of acquiring osteoporosis.
Finally…gardening reduces the risk of dementia
According to studies, engaging in physical workouts such as gardening can lower the risk of acquiring dementia. A case in point is a research that was done on a group of people in their 60s and 70s for a period of 16 years. Those who engaged in gardening regularly had a 47% lower risk of developing dementia as compared to non-gardeners.